By James K. Attaglo Wilson
Former Manchester United captain – Roy Maurice Keane could not hold back his love for Thomas Partey as the Ghanaian midfielder exhibited Patrick Vieira-esque performance in Arsenal’s 1-0 win over the Red Devils at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Wowed by his splendid performance, the Irish manager who made 326 appearances for Manchester United 93-2005 eulogized the Ghanaian on set:
“When you watch a player live, that’s when you can judge a player. The more I watch him, the more I wish he was in the Man Utd midfielder,” said Roy Keane, of Thomas.
He further noted that Partey has got what it takes to match the legacy of former Arsenal captain – Patrick Viera:
“I think this kid as got a chance of matching what Patrick [Vieira] used to do.
“He’s big, he’s strong, he’s aggressive and he likes to pass it forward.”
Thomas Partey for Arsenal vs. Man Utd:
⬢ Most touches
⬢ Most duels won
⬢ Most ball recoveries
⬢ Most take-ons completed
⬡ 2nd-most tackles made
While singling out Thomas ‘The Tank’ Partey for special praise, Keane was disillusioned by the performance of the Manchester United players:
“People were thinking United turned a corner…I was never kidded on by that. No energy. No enthusiasm. You make it a long day for yourself.”
“Things aren’t going your way, that’s when you look at your leaders. I don’t see any leaders out there right through the whole team.
“It’s a real worry for United now. A lack of energy, lack of enthusiasm and real lack of quality, no composure, some of the performances were really really poor. We saw United players tonight taking the easy option. It’s a long, long way back for this club.
“These guys have a big responsibility playing for Manchester United and they have to do better.
“I don’t see men out there. I don’t see guys who you want to be in the trenches with, guys you would trust.
“Manchester United are not aggressive enough, they are not hungry enough.
“This team is nowhere near good enough.”
Thomas Partey is the world-class midfield general that the Gunners have been crying out for, and we saw that for every second of today’s match. Their best midfielder for a decade. No United player could get near him with the ball and very few could get by him when he didn’t have it.